It’s Monday, so it’s time for another Project 333 update. Week three of the challenge is now behind me and I have a lot to share with you today. I made some additional swaps for items I had not yet worn, and I experienced some wins and some challenges during the week. I also have four new outfits to show.
Some More Swaps Were Made
In last week’s update, I wrote that I’d made one garment swap since the challenge began. This week, I decided to make four additional swaps, all for garments not yet worn in the challenge.
I mentioned last week that I wanted more tops to wear with pants. This week, I started to really doubt the need for so many skirts and tops for skirts in my Project 333 capsule. While I love wearing skirts and dresses, I wear them most often during our warmer months, which are generally July through October (we have strange seasons, such that they are, in San Diego). I primarily wear pants during the other months, including April and May. June is sort of a “wild card” month here in that it can be very cool and overcast and not feel like summer at all (thus the oft-used term, “June Gloom”).
I’ve decided that the inclusion of so many skirt options in my Project 333 capsule was due more to “wishful thinking” than realistic planning. I hope to wear skirts and dresses at least a portion of the term, so I’ll leave some options intact, but I opted to swap some unworn items for tops to wear with pants. I also brought in a favorite dress that can be worn with many of the jackets in my capsule.
What Left My Project 333 Wardrobe
I have removed five of the original 33 items from my April through June capsule wardrobe. Here are the pieces that left, along with my reasons for swapping them out:
- Leopard print tee (mentioned last week – out due to flimsy material & sub-optimal fit)
- Grey/black ruffled tank (I decided four tanks are sufficient to wear with the two remaining skirts, so I swapped this one and the next out)
- Black embellished tank
- Long black sequined tank (I don’t need both a black tee and a black tank in the capsule)
- Polka dot skirt (opted to remove the least versatile skirt, which is also the one that had not yet been worn)
Additions to My Project 333 Wardrobe
The removal of the above items opened up five spaces in my 33-garment capsule. Here’s what I swapped in and my reasons for these substitutions:
- White t-shirt (mentioned last week – added for versatility, goes with all pants and cardigans)
- Green/black striped tee (a favorite item, decided I wanted more prints in my capsule)
- Grey polka dot tee (same reason as above)
- Red long tank (love the color, coordinates well with all of my pants and cardigans)
- Leopard print dress (a favorite dress and yet another print item added to the mix)
Final Project 333 Wardrobe
I believe I’ve now finalized my Project 333 wardrobe for the rest of this term. I’m happy with all of the pieces, they work well with each other, and they are more suitable for the weather than my original capsule garments. Here’s a snapshot view of my full Project 333 wardrobe as of today:
I’ve Worn 85% of My Items
As of the end of week three, I have worn 28 of my 33 items. I really thought I would have worn all of them by now! The garments that have not yet been worn are:
- Turquoise blazer
- Leopard print cardigan
- White embellished tank
- Striped tank
- Grey polka dot tee (just swapped in a few days ago)
Week Three Wins
I love sharing the positive aspects of my Project 333 experience and the ways in which I’ve grown through doing the challenge. Here are my week three wins:
- I continue to love each and every outfit I’m wearing. Fourteen outfits so far and they are all winners in my book!
- The compliments are continuing as well, even from people who don’t usually mention what I’m wearing.
- When I took my wardrobe cast-offs to the local consignment boutique and thrift store, I was far less tempted to shop than I’ve been in the past. While I did look around a bit and tried on a few garments at the consignment store, I left both places empty-handed! This was pretty much unheard of prior to Project 333. Now that I am only wearing things I love, I’m holding prospective purchases to a much higher standard (and I really don’t need much, if anything).
- I’m also doing less online shopping. Perusing e-commerce sites was a common hobby of mine in the past, but I’m doing it less and less often these days. I’ve also unsubscribed from a number of fashion blogs and am considering paring the list down even further this week.
Week Three Challenges
The challenges I’m experiencing with Project 333 are decreasing, but I still have a few to share:
- I still haven’t worn some of my capsule items due to cooler weather. While I’m sure the weather will warm up later in the term (and we did have a few warmer days last week), I feel sad not to be wearing more skirt and dress outfits. I’m glad I decided to pare down this area of my capsule and swap in more tops for pants.
- I still spend far too much time on clothes and getting dressed. I find myself opening my closet at least once each day to create outfits and see which scarves, jewelry, and shoes I can wear with my capsule items. I’ve also looked at my non-capsule wardrobe a few times since the challenge began, despite the recommendation in the Project 333 rules that we not do so.
- Since I’m sharing my outfits on the blog, I feel a certain amount of pressure to have them all be fabulous and different. Instead of just reaching for what compels me most, I feel the need to vary my outfits as much as possible. I will try to let this concern go, as this blog is more about recovery from compulsive shopping than fashion and style. But in the interest of full disclosure, I’m sharing my insecurities with you as well as my outfits!
Week Three Outfits
I’m actually surprising myself in how infrequently I “get dressed” to go anywhere. While I knew I spend a lot of time at home in workout clothes (as well as when I’m out of the house for walks and workouts), I thought I still changed into “regular clothes” most days. However, for both week one and week three of Project 333, I only had four outfits to share. I’m not sure how typical this will be, but it’s worth noting. If nothing else, it highlights the fact that I definitely don’t need 300 items in my closet. I already knew that, but I’m starting to believe I need even less than I thought!
Below are the outfits I wore last week. The first outfit is shown both with and without a coat. I did not include coats in my Project 333 capsule, mostly because I didn’t think I would really need them. This is only the second time I wore a coat this month, but since I love this coat in general and with the black and white, I decided to include a shot in my update.
Month One is Almost Over!
On to week four… I hope to wear the five as yet unworn items by the end of the month. Since I have a busier week ahead of me, I hope to have more new outfits to share with you next week.
If you’d like to learn more about how to do the Project 333 challenge, I highly recommend the “Dress with Less” microcourse from Courtney Carver, the creator of Project 333.
As always, I welcome your comments on the blog and via social media. Have a wonderful week!